Category: How To

  • List user home folder size

    Users tend to store all kinds of crud on their network home folders, which can be a constant source of frustration for SysAdmins. Luckily, it is fairly easy to get a list of the size of each folder, using a Powershell script. The script has already been made for us. It is discussed in detail here, and can […]

  • Script output to file: Append -v- Replace

    By default, when running a script, the output is shown to you in the command line interface. Most of the time, that is exactly what you want. Some times, though, you are more interested in logging than in real-time data. The solution is to have the output sent to a file.

  • Link without improving the link target’s search engine ranking

    You’ve done your research, and you are ready to publish an article which leaves the object of the article little or no honor. In order to prove your point, you need to link to a website run by the object of your article. You stop, and feel uneasy, as doing so will improve their search engine ranking.

  • Disable Facebook’s automatic play feature in the iOS app

    Last week, I showed you how to disable Facebook’s automatic play feature when using Facebook in the browser. However, this annoying feature is also automatically enabled in the iOS (and I assume Android) apps. Luckily, they can be disabled there, too. Here’s how:

  • Disable Facebook’s auto-playing videos feature in the browser

    Facebook recently added a new feature; whenever you scroll to a video in your timeline; it automatically starts playing. If you like it; well, good for you. You have no need for this. If, however, you, like me, think it’s an annoyance, here’s how to disable it:

  • Deleting protected EFI disk partitions

    A while back, one of my laptops kicked the bucket. The cost to repair it was too high, and I opted to get the laptop back to scavenge the parts. In particular, I wanted to get my hands on the hard drive, a solid state wonder with a capacity of 240 GB. I invested in […]

  • Exporting a list of a given users group memberships from Active Directory

    A while back, I showed you how to export a list of all members of a group, as well as all computers, from Active Directory. On a related note, here’s how to export all group memberships held by a single user:

  • Understanding Active Directory Distinguished Names

    In Active Directory, and I assume any system using LDAP, a Distinguished Name (DN) is a way to identify a given user with confidence. It is a string of Relative Distinguished Names, separated by commas. There are a number of different RDNs in existense, but for our purposes, these are the ones we might need:

  • Outlook: Disable new mail notifications for all but main account

    When adding extra email accounts in the regular way, Outlook will notify you of new emails in each and every account. Though this can be annoying, it is simple enough to do something about. Here’s how:

  • Hiding the scroll bar in Word

    So, you’ve minimized your menu ribbon. Now, let’s get rid of that pesky scroll bar. You’ve got a perfectly good scroll wheel on your mouse, and just don’t need it. It’s simple; here’s how:

  • Hiding the Office Ribbon menu

    For most of my time as a computer user, my main text editing tool has been Microsoft Office. I have grown accustomed to using, and even sort of liking the ribbon menu. However, as I often work on a laptop with its severely limited monitor real estate, I needed to find a way to hide […]